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#London: British-Pakistani bus driver’s son could be next mayor of world’s greatest city.

British Pakistani MP Sadiq Khan could become the first ethnic minority Mayor of London after he was today named the Labour Party’s candidate for the capital’s mayoral race.

Mr Khan, a lawyer by profession and the son of a bus driver who migrated to Britain in the 1960’s, beat out Tessa Jowell to secure his party’s nomination for Mayor.

His victory sets up an intriguing battle against Zac Goldsmith, scion of the famous Goldsmith banking dynasty, who is expected to be named the Conservative Party’s candidate.

The mayoral election will take place in May 2016.

Following his victory, 44-year-old Mr Khan, said: “I am deeply humbled to have received the support of tens of thousands of Londoners.  I am determined to repay that trust by winning the mayoral election next May, and making a real difference to Londoners’ lives.

“London gave me and my family huge opportunities.  A council house so we could save for a deposit to buy our own home.  A secure job for my dad as a bus driver.  A great education for me and my siblings, affordable university places and good quality apprenticeships.  As Mayor I will provide more opportunities for all Londoners.

“My priorities for Londoners are clear.  An affordable and secure home to rent or buy.  More jobs with higher wages for the lowest paid. Making it easier to set up and run a successful business. Reducing the cost of commuting and making London’s environment safer, healthier and less polluted.”

The final tally was 48,152 votes for Mr Khan and 33,573 for Dame Tessa.

London Mayor is one of the most important jobs in British politics.

The eventual winner will oversee a huge £17 billion budget and exercise control over transportation, policing, housing and tourism in one of the world’s great capitals.

Mr Khan, a human rights lawyer, has said one of his key jobs will be to set up an “economic fairness” unit to look at ways of creating a level playing field for workers in the capital, which is also one of the most expensive cities in the world.

He has pledged to freeze tube and train fares until 2020 and cut bus fares.  He has also said he would oppose expansion of Heathrow aiport.

If he wins, Mr Khan - the MP for Tooting, South London - will become the first Muslim Mayor of London as well. 

In 2005 he became the first Muslim to attend Cabinet when he was named transport minister by Gordon Brown.

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#RIP: World’s shortest man, Chandra Dangi, passes away aged 75.

The world's shortest man has died in American Samoa, aged 75.

Nepalese national Chandra Bahadur Dangi died on Thursday of an undisclosed illness at a medical centre in Pago Pago, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Mr Dangi, at 54.6 centimetres, held two Guinness World Records — the world's shortest man and the shortest person ever recorded.

The Guinness Book of Records officially recognised his records on February 26, 2012.

Until then, Mr Dangi had reportedly never left his remote Nepali village of Reemkholi in Dang district, more than 500 kilometres from the capital Kathmandu.

Since the awards, Mr Dangi travelled the world, sometimes with the world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen, who stands at 2.51 metres.

He had been touring the South Pacific since early this year with Samoa's Tupa'l Bruno's Magic Circus.

The American Samoa hospital where Mr Dangi was admitted several days ago said he was undergoing treatment but did not give the cause of death.

Earlier this year he was hospitalised in Samoa, reportedly with pneumonia.

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#BrothersAug14: ‘Sapna Jahan’ – Love and Tenderness in a Bloody World


Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra’s much-anticipated new drama ‘Brothers’ is being widely touted as India’s first “Sports” movie, given that it takes place in the bruising world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

At its heart however, the film – an official remake of the 2011 Hollywood classic ‘Warriors’, starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton- has a narrative that runs far deeper than the blood-soaked mat of the MMA ring.

Much like the original, ‘Brothers’ too is a tale about family, fathers and sons, honour, redemption and love.

The task of capturing the essence of those themes through song fell to composer duo and real life brothers Ajay and Atul Gogavale – AKA ‘Ajay Atul’ – and gifted lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Among the highlights of the film’s soundtrack is ‘Sapna Jahan’, which terrifically captures the love, romance and tenderness that is found even in a world riven by conflict.

The song takes the listener on a journey of discovery through the romance between David (Akshay Kumar) and Jenny (Jacqueline Fernandez) and is sung by Neeti Mohan and Sonu Nigam.

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#PackItIn: Engineer develops world’s first ‘Car in a Bag’

A Japanese engineer has developed a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack that he says is the world’s first ‘car in a bag’.

Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered “WalkCar” transporter, which is the size of a laptop and resembles a skateboard more than a car.

The slender WalkCar is made from aluminum and weighs between two and three kilograms (4.4 to 6.6 pounds), depending on whether it is an indoor or outdoor version.

Saito expects to see many other uses for his transporter, as he says it has enough power to help people push wheelchairs with ease. The lightweight aluminum board is stronger than it looks, and can take loads of up to 120kg (265 pounds).

It reaches top speeds of 10 kilometers per hour (6.2 miles per hour), for distances of up to 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) after three hours of charging.

Its developer says it’s also extremely simple to ride. Once the rider stands on it the WalkCar starts automatically, while simply stepping off stops the vehicle. To change direction, the user just shifts their weight.

Best of all, there is no need to find a parking space, because it fits into a small bag when not in use.

Saito said his studies in electric car motor control systems sparked the idea for the new kind of ride.

“I thought, “what if we could just carry our transportation in our bags, wouldn’t that mean we’d always have our transportation with us to ride on?” and my friend asked me to make one, since I was doing my masters in engineering specifically on electric car motor control systems,” he told Reuters.

Saito says he is confident that WalkCar goes beyond bulkier devices such as the Segway or Toyota’s Winglet.

“Maybe I just see it that way, but it seems to me that the U.S. is always the one which invents new products and Japan is the one which takes those products and improves on them to make a better version of it.

But here in this case, the WalkCar is a totally new product I have started from scratch. So I also I want to show the world that Japan can also be innovative,” he said.

Saito says customers will be able to reserve their own WalkCars from autumn 2015 on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. The futuristic skateboard will have a price-tag of around 100,000 Japanese Yen (about £600).

Shipping is expected to begin by spring 2016.

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